Meerut: Uttar Pradesh Police has lodged an FIR against nine people for allegedly forced conversions to Christianity in Meerut, officials said.
The complaint has been registered under the sections of the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act.
According to local reports, over 400 people were forcibly converted to Christianity. The victims approached the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and complained that they were lured to convert to Christianity.
As per the complaint, the victim alleged that ‘they were coerced to do away with the idols and deities of Hindu gods and goddesses.’
The accused also threatened the victims and instructed them not to take the police into the loop.
The FIR stated that the accused had helped the people during the Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdown and encouraged them to visit the church. Further investigations are underway.
Earlier, in another instance, Rajasthan Minister Pratap Khachariyawas said that the government would probe the alleged assault on a Dalit family in a village of Baran district of the state as reports emerged that some people from the community had converted to Buddhism following the incident.
FIR has been registered in the matter. “FIR has been registered, have faith on police, Chief Minister monitors everything himself. Probe will be conducted and justice will be delivered. Action to be taken against accused,” a minister claimed.
A press release by Zila Berwa Mahasabha Yuva Morcha, Rajasthan said that a Dalit family was assaulted for worshipping a Goddess during a religious procession on Friday, following which the Dalit organizations carried out a protest in Bhoolon village, Rajasthan. (With inputs from ANI)